Taylor Swift – 1989 (Album Review)

Okay I know I’m a little late to the Taylor Swift party. This album has been out since November and it’s caused a lot of talk and already been overplayed. However, there’s still singles being released from this and people are definitely still talking about it months later.

A big reason why this album is being talked about so much is because this is the first album Taylor Swift has gone full pop on. She started out as a country artist then started to become more of a pop singer as she became more successful. This is her first album that she’s come right out and said that it’ll be completely pop.

The album starts out with the song “Welcome To New York.” Swift wasn’t lying, this intro track is full on pop and is just a little preview of the songs that are about to come. This one goes off into bubblegum pop territory, a lot of the following tracks are better at staying away from that but this one embraces it to say the least. Overall, it’s not a bad song. It just shows her fans that she seems to be leaving behind her home in Nashville to start a new one in New York.

The next song is the song that everyone now knows. The lyrics have been all over Twitter, practically every girl has at least one selfie with that one line from the song posted on Instagram, and even non-Swift fans kind of like it. The song is “Blank Space” and the popular line is, “I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream,” among a few other lines that are also catchy. It’s popularity completely makes sense. I was struck by how awesome the song is all around the first time I heard it. Unlike “Shake It Off,” you don’t mind hearing the song after multiple listening. It’s still a fun song to shout the lyrics and dance along with.

The next track on the album is “Style” which is also the most recent single. It’s yet another fun song that gets stuck in your head for hours after you’ve heard it. Taylor makes some references to James Dean and red lipstick. “You’ve got that James Dean daydream look in your eyes, and I got that red lip, classic thing that you like.” The lyrics are simple but also feature the vintage kind of lyrics and general sound that Taylor Swift has stated is what 1989 is all about. This is probably one of my favorites on the album.

One of my other favorites is definitely “Out Of The Woods.” This one was co-written by Jack Antonoff of FUN and his solo project Bleachers. It was produced by Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, and Taylor Swift herself.  I noted that because I really love the way it sounds. It’s not bubblegum pop, it’s just got that sound that makes you want to listen to it. Taylor needs to totally continue working with Antonoff on her upcoming albums.

I feel like I don’t need to say all that much about “Shake It Off.” I don’t know anyone that hasn’t heard the song. Many people have mixed feelings about the song, including me. I think it has become overplayed but at least radio stations are giving it a break now! I’m just going to leave you with the video so you can enjoy it/feel really uncomfortable for yourself.

Before I wrap this up, I just want to recommend a few songs that I haven’t yet touched on. “Clean,” “Wildest Dreams,” “How You Get The Girl,” and “All You Had To Do Was Stay.” Each of these songs are just as catchy and mesmerizing as the last. “Wildest Dreams” has that.

Review written by Rachel Geiger

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